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I think your ivy looks beautiful cascading down like that, can't you just cut it back where it annoys? You won't find anything else that does such a good cover-up job!
Whichever, it's not likely to be harmful, it's just part of the natural rotting down process of the dead tree stump. It won't spread to live plants.
I bet it came from the bag of compost that you used to cover the ground - probably made with wood chippings. Can you show us a picture of the problem area?
Berberis darwinii is a spiny shrub with orange flowers and it's evergreen.
It's a marsh plant, and no relation to ground elder. I tried and failed to grow it next to a stream, the banks were not wet enough for it.
Not Heartsease, it's a cultivated variety. It may not be a named cultivar.
Both the first and the second photos are of Thrift.
Yes, Geranium endressii or Geranium x oxonianum. Bit of a thug in my garden!
Not sure if it's the same as the first photos though - it doesn't have thin roots, it has thick red-brown woody rhizomes.
Tom, try posting on iSpot www.ispotnature.org , in the Invertebrates section. There will be an expert along to help you very soon. I find it really useful!
I wrote a guide for a local group, see if that helps: